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The Monterrey-Austin cumbia axis

Celso Piña and Grupo Fantasma Read More »

A late opinion on The Corrections

Ignore the hype, read Franzen Read More »

Conservative Top 40

Looking for harpists in the Devil's music Read More »

Alex Coke’s New Texas Swing

Where's the swing? Read More »

East Timorese schoolchildren learning Finnish?

In an effort to break with their colonial past, schools in East Timor are reportedly teaching first graders in Finnish. Although it has the hallmarks of an urban legend (e.g., the canard that the Timorese language Tetum has a “primitive grammar”), the Finnish press is reporting the story as fact and of course bloggers are picking it up. Finnish is ... Read More »

Zadie Smith feels the entertainment media’s teeth

A flurry of UK coverage of the author of White Teeth and The Autograph Man Read More »

Thai Elephant Orchestra

Elephants, Turing and Cage, oh my Read More »

Prague, the novel

It takes place in Budapest but its characters, young North Americans playing the expat game in post-Cold War Hungary, all believe that life would be much cooler in Prague. Read More »

Eddie Angel’s Guitar Party

Gorillas only know three chords Read More »

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families

Gourevitch on the Rwandan genocide Read More »